Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Progress

Almost done...they have to come back tomorrow because they need more shingles. I am loving it though!!! I do hope we get the satellite back before they leave tonight!!



Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fascinated

Due to the hailstorm and tornado that hit our area on May 20, we need a new roof. We got our insurance check, had the mortgage company endorse it and we called our friend whose family owns a roofing company, Thermaguard.

We got a call from the company on Friday saying the shingles and the dumpster would be delivered on Monday and work would start on Tuesday.


They were true to their word!!

The boys thought the dumpster was pretty cool!!


At 7am this morning...the pounding began!! I actually thought the kids were dragging something down the stairs (the kids slept through at least an hour of them working)!!


The backyard was quickly filling up with the old shingles

Oh how I wished I could stay home and watch....I am so enthralled with it all!!

The sun prevented me from getting a good picture

**Update**

I may not be able to be home, but at least I am getting pictorial updates from Pete

Monday, July 28, 2008

Earning my Card



I think I really earned my MX Mom card this weekend. The race on Saturday ended up getting rained out (of course after we drove over an hour to the track and set up), and was moved to Sunday morning. We ended up going to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with our MX friends (can you imagine the dismay of the restaurant when 15 of us come in sweaty, wet and dirty). We had a ball, but didn't get home until after midnight. Pete kept working on Dave's little bike (the oil inject bike) because after they went riding on Thursday and Dave going through a huge mud puddle, the bike wouldn't stay running (this is the bike Pete and my dad worked on for over a week to get it running well). Saturday morning Pete put a new top-end in and still couldn't get it to crank.....then he spent more time on it at the track with the help of another MX Dad. He wanted to try something else when he got home and by around 1:30am he finally got it started (he was so excited he just had to come wake me up to tell me). I think he finally went to bed around 3:15am. We left for the track around 9:30 yesterday morning. Not sure what happened, but the track wasn't as well prepped as it should have been. There is a turn right at the start that was really muddy with some deep ruts. This is "my" section that I hang during the race because it seems like the kids fall a lot there. Our little 50's are not far off the ground and they spent a lot of time getting through this turn. They could make it if they just kept on the gas, but it was natural for them to back off the throttle. I ended up having to push several kids through the mud....which was about a foot deep in places. I ended up wearing a lot of Georgia red clay!!!

It was also HOT....holy moly, I didn't think it would be that hot!! It is usually hot on Saturday nights, but it cools off when the sun goes down. Of course, it just kept getting hotter and hotter as the day wore on. I guess I didn't drink enough or something, but I thought for sure I was going to be sick.....my head was pounding!! I have no idea how these racers do it....they have so much gear on!!

My little racer has apparently met his future wife at the track though....Davis and Tori are going to get married....she is going to be a doctor, Davis a fireman. Their children will have to watch Spongebob downstairs because they are going to watch it upstairs (good to know they are thinking ahead). It is a good thing that we LOVE his future In-Laws!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Best

I honestly have the absolute best parents in the world....I came home today to these...


Done

I did it....I am done...Yippee!!

I had my scan this morning and I should know the results in the next week or so. Judging though from the Nuclear Medicine (scary huh?) lady's comment that maybe the doctor will leave me alone for a few years, I think it might be clean!!

I have been holed up in my basement for the last two days to make sure the radiation I received for the scan didn't hurt anybody else (couch down there not too terribly uncomfortable). I did get more work done there than I would have at the office!!! Pete took the kids out riding all day yesterday, so I had the house to myself.

Hannah has kept in touch by sending me e-mails.....sign of the times I guess. She said she was excited for Friday because then she can give me a hug. Me too Hannah Bear, Me too!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Still Missing

I am in the week long process of getting a thyroid scan (haven't had one for 4 years - I know *shame on me*) and can I tell you that it sucks!!! Not the scan itself, or the 2 expensive shots I have to have, or the early morning appointments that are killing me....it is really just that I have to have it in the first place!!!

Unless you have had cancer or have been a caretaker to someone with cancer, it is hard to imagine that it is a lifelong condition. Not to say that there won't be periods where you get to enjoy a cancer-free life.....it is just that it seems to keep slapping me in the face when I least expect it.

I have many daily reminders of my cancer....my right side of my neck is permanently numb and I take a hormone replacement and calcium (and according to Pete the doctor must have also taken some of my brain). However, each time I go to the endocrinologist or to testing, I am always reminded by the diagnosis on my chart....193.0 Thyroid Cancer.

I am grateful that there is a high success rate for my cancer (95%) and that my cure is relatively easy (no chemo). I am also grateful for my expensive shots (over $1,000 a shot) that are covered by insurance and that because of these shots I don't have to come off my thyroid meds for 6 weeks (not pretty for those around me) for the scan.

I feel confident that I will have NO thyroid cells...but I also feel okay with the possibility that I will need to have radiation again (at least this time I won't have to be secluded in a hospital room with plastic over everything).

I am working hard at being grateful for the testing and the treatments versus being upset about the cards I have been dealt. Some days are tougher than others.

I did get some good news yesterday during my thyroid ultrasound.....that pesky thyroid still seems to be missing!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

This Date in History

1986 (22 years ago in case you are too lazy to count)

Pete and I go on our first BLIND date to a pizza place and then to his friend's house for a movie. Pete didn't want to go out with me (he got a surprise sneak peek about a week earlier when I had come back from a water park where I had just found out my ex had been cheating on me - "poodle head" is how best to describe my permed hair) and would only go if his friend Jason paid. I was a little unsure about him because he looked a little "punk" to me (where I got that I have no idea because he is about as non-punk as they come - maybe it was the red Generra pants).

I guess we hit it off......

Fast Forward 11 years
1997

4:10 in the morning, my water broke...3 weeks early. We headed off to the hospital with Pete thinking this would be a great time to speed on the highway!! He actually WANTED to get pulled over (I was told I better *act* like I was in labor when he got pulled over). I was able to convince him that us getting to the hospital ALIVE was better and that he had better SLOW DOWN!! Our baby had not turned, so we were whisked off to the OR for a C-section.

At 7:17am, we were changed forever.....a family was born. In Dr. Bardwell's words...."You have your Hannah". She was and still is absolutely PERFECT!!! She was a great nurser and slept well...she was a little colicky, but grew out of that.

I was looking through pictures and I decided that I would post a slide show of some of my favorites when she was little. I can't believe she has grown up so quickly!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Superhero

Even Superheroes have birthdays.....
Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!

I love you!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Old Man

Happy 40th Birthday Pete!!!

Here is to at least 40 more!!!

I love you!!

Maybe you will learn to use your new cell phone before your 41st birthday!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Are you kidding me?

I am in Orlando waiting for my flight to go home (current estimate is a 3 hour delay). Many flights at least to Atlanta are delayed due to weather. I am watching a complete idiot of a dad who feels it is appropriate to have his kids bat around a beach ball in the middle of the terminal. In fact, he was even participating in the game up to a couple minutes ago. I have seen the kids run into people, the ball being hit at people.

Seriously.....what the hell is wrong with some people

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Total Relaxation

We went camping over the weekend with my family...we had an absolute ball. (My sister has some great pictures on her blog).

My nephew is pretty much balls to the wall when he is awake....he is really a lot of fun to be around. While we were out on my parent's boat we looked over and saw this....

Sleeping Like a Baby (you didn't hear me call him a baby...right?)

Unconditional Love

I came home tonight after letting my friend's dog out (Hey AM...we are thinking of you as you recover from surgery tonight) and Davis ran up to me and said "here, this is for you...I saved my last one for you"

He saved his last Tic-Tac for me.....I could have melted!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Beyond a Shadow of Doubt

Seven years ago I discovered without a shadow of doubt that God loves me.

Happy 7th Birthday Davis, I hope you have a wonderful day and that you can feel God's love as well!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

For scenic Files

Hannah was very excited about a new show she found on TV....

"For Scenic Files"

I asked her what it was about and she said it was like a crime show.

She simply switched a couple letters....she is actually a huge fan of Forensic Files.